Wow! How did we get here? When did I become the parent of a 1st grader?! Well, since this is the technical end of Kindergarten I thought I would post our plans for next year! Then you can all laugh at me for not sticking with it, lol. So here is our general monthly outline: Unit 1 - SS: I’m like you, You’re like me Birthdays Firsts Science: We Planted a Tree Sep 21: Peace Day - Can you say peace? Unit 2 SS: People Say Hello Halloween Science: Alejandro’s Gift (Desert biome) The Gift of Nothing The Pumpkin Blanket Unit 3 SS: Everyone is Special and Unique: Learning About Acceptance Room for One More Science: The Great Animal Search (Animal Studies/habitats) Thanksgiving Unit 4 SS: Winter Holidays The Peace Book Science: The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle (Mangrove ecosystem) Unit 5 SS: Beatrice’s Goat Science: Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook Presidents Peaceful Piggy Meditation Unit 6 SS: Elsina’s Clouds (Africa) Religion Valentine's Day Science: See the Ocean (Ocean Biome) Unit 7 SS: Circles of Hope Science: The Flower/How a Seed Grows Unit 8 SS: Be a Friend: Learning About Friendship and Fairness Science: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest (Rainforest Biome) Unit 9 Ss: Children Around the World Science: Bug Safari (Insects) Ongoing: All About Spelling - goal 1 lesson a week. Draw then Write Readers - 1 per day Explode the Code - as useful Math U See - goal 1 lesson a week Math games - as desired Nebel Science (Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding - pace 2 weeks per topic 101 Science poems - as desired Kids Celebrate! Activities for special days - keep up on holidays this year! Sacred myths - 1 story per week (35) Additional Books to have available to read: Amelia Bedelia Frog and Toad are Friends Series Fun with Dick and Jane Geronimo Stilton Junie B Jones Magic Tree House One Fish, Two Fish Green Eggs and Ham Fox in Socks Cat in the Hat Religions: What is Religion? Many Ways: How families practice their beliefs and religions Poetry: A child’s garden of verses A light in the attic Random house book of poetry for children Read-alouds: Lilly’s purple plastic purse Little bear Mrs. Piggle wiggle Peter Pan Book of nonsense The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of life Health: k-3 It’s not the stork! A book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends Spiritual studies: Zen shorts A pebble for your pocket The gift of you, the gift of me Somebody loves you, mr hatch All the places to love Music: Choose one composer at a time and play it a lot. Read short biography of that composer. Sounds like a lot? It's really not. Hey that rhymed. :) Ok, so all of this really takes less than 30 mins a day. We read a book, and see how our interests go. We might read more, find videos on the subject, do a craft or some cooking etc. Mostly I try to expose him to these subjects and go as we're inspired. So we work about 10 minutes a day on math and reading (most days), then read a book on a subject 1-2 times a month and learn about the parts we are interested in. Nebel Science takes an hour or so a week and is purely experiential, my son LOVES it! So that's our outline. Let's see if it happens!
A long, long time ago…. nah.
We are an attachment parenting family. As such we spend a good amount of time with other “natural” type families and homeschool is a part of my world. My first son, however, has a very …. determined personality. I was convinced he would never learn from me. So we enrolled him part time in a Montessori preschool and eventually moved him up to full time. He thrived there and learned a lot. We discovered the Feingold Diet and that changed his behavior drastically and we started getting along better. As he neared Kindergarten age we had to decide what to do. The public schools in our neighborhood are terrible and not an option. We thought about Charter Schools, keeping him at his Montessori School and homeschooling. The more research I did the more I realized that it sounded wonderful for our family.
We decided to commit to a year. He is a September birthday and I realized that even if we did nothing all year he could enter Kindergarten a year “late” the following year and we could pretend it never happened. 🙂 So we took the plunge. We tried things and fought. He shut down and refused to do anything. I yelled, he rebelled. I tried to force he freaked out. So I just took a step back and let him de-school. Then slowly introduced a few things here and there. We ended up finding a nice balance that we both love – although it took about a year.
Dancing Girl, who will be four next week, will continue at the Montessori preschool for another year and then join us at home.
So that is where we are.
My next two posts will discuss how our first year went and what I learned and what our plans are for next year.